I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I go to IKEA, I get excited beyond a normal amount, to hit up their cafe and indulge in those amazing Swedish meatballs! There’s just something about them that tastes soon good and soon comforting. Of course, I know that they are not the healthiest fare, which is why I decided to create a more nutritional version at home. Also, sometimes, I’m just lazy. And I don’t always feel like making meatballs. So I thought that maybe I could do a sauté version that would be just as tasty, but super easy. And it was a great success! I served it over some egg noodles, and the kids, the husband, and I all loved it. Super easy and suer delicious. Though next time, I’ve gotta make sure I get some IKEA Lingonberry sauce to serve with it, because it’s just not the same without it. Enjoy!
One of my all time favorite Weight Watchers quinoa recipes is this super easy Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing — it’s to die for! Admittedly, I’m pleasantly surprised my kids really enjoyed this dish…my son even took leftovers for lunch! And at just 6 Points +, it’s a really satisfying summer side dish that is lovely and absolutely delicious. If you are already a fan of quinoa or a newcomer looking for some fantastic quinoa recipe ideas, this dish is a great one to try! I love the variety of textures, and the lemony tahini dressing just pulls it all together so beautifully. I’ve also made this with the addition of cucumbers, roasted zucchini, cauliflower and eggplant too, and it is fabulous. Enjoy!
Mushrooms in wine sauce are a fabulous way to really spruce up your meat. It makes it look like you put a lot of time and effort into making a really fancy dish, when in reality, you just spent five minutes tossing it all in a pan. I love recipes like that. They are perfect for dinner parties, date nights, or just adding a little bit of class to dinner. This mushroom in wine sauce recipe uses white wine, but if you’re nonalcoholic, you can use chicken broth or vegetable broth just as easily. The sage and taragon add a wonderful woodsy flavor to the sauce. It’s perfect on chicken breast or pork chops, or you can easy put it over steamed rice. It uses dried herbs, but I added a 1/2 tsp of chopped parsley when I garnished mine – just to make it look pretty.
When I need something to snack on, I try to reach for fresh, raw vegetables. Mainly because they are incredibly good for me, but also because their high fiber content can fill me up and prevent me from getting down and dirty with a not so Weight Watchers friendly food. So when you eat fresh veggies as much as I do, you are constantly on the lookout for delicious, exciting, and low calorie dips to dunk them in. And this Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip Recipe has become one of my favorites! The roasted bell peppers and eggplant add a lovely smokey flavor, while the garlic and lemon juice tie it all together with a brilliant zing. And each 1/3 cup serving is just 2 Points Plus, so I don’t need to feel guilty about my heavy dipping. This Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip makes a fantastic dunk for not only fresh veggies, but pita wedges, crackers, cheese…just about anything, really. You can also smother roasted vegetables or meats with it too, if you are looking for a way to give those foods an extra kick. You really can’t go wrong with such a light and healthy dip!
I’ll admit, one of the things I miss about not eating wheat is egg rolls. I love the crunchy egg rolls dipped in sweet chili sauce. However, these chicken spring rolls dipped in peanut sauce are just as good, easier to make and healthier as well! You can fill these with any vegetables you like, I used carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers. You can also add mushrooms, lettuce and vermicelli (rice noodles) as well. You can use chicken or shrimp, or leave it out for a vegan option. I cooked my chicken breast in the seasonings, just for a little more flavor, but you can also just slice up leftover grilled chicken breast.
When cooking family meals, I always have to take into consideration my kids likes and dislikes. This can be tedious, but it forces me to come up with new and creative foods that not only please my kids, but that my husband and I find delicious. A recent hit was this this Ground Turkey Patties with Tahini Yogurt Sauce Recipe. The turkey was quite moist and tender, and the creamy yogurt tahini sauce was absolutely delicious. I’ve never had tahini combined with yogurt before, so this was new to me, and I found it to be fantastic. My husband and I ate our patties over a bed of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers with a lemon vinaigrette and then topped with the yogurt tahini, my daughter ate her patties dipped straight into the tahini yogurt sauce, and my son enjoyed his stuffed into a pita pocket with the sauce, and some of the salad that my husband and I used. So as you can see, it’s a pretty versatile dish. Each 3 patty serving, with sauce, is just 4 Points +, making this a wonderfully light meal choice. Though this recipe states it makes 6 servings, it is a small serving, so you may end up choosing extra 1 or 1/2 a serving to feel really satisfied. Enjoy!
I am always looking to get more fish into my diet, but quite honestly, I often don’t like the actual taste of fish. If you’ve been following my blog long enough, you may have heard me mention before that I almost always try to prepare the fish with some type of bold sauce or flavor paying so as to distract from the fishy taste of the fish. In this Roasted Salmon with Basil Mint Sauce Recipe, the decadent sauce does just that. It’s fresh, tangy, slightly creamy, and absolutely perfect on top of the salmon. I actually got this idea at a favorite local restaurant, and tried my best to create a similar, more healthy version. At just 7 Points +, this Weight Watchers Salmon recipe offers a great way to eat a healthy fish dish, with zero guilt. Pair with some roasted vegetables or low Points Plus soup for a complete meal. Enjoy!
While it may officially be fall, we’ve been having a heat wave here in Southern California, so I’ve been doing my best to take advantage of last minute summer grilling! One of my easiest, healthiest, and most delicious Weight Watchers grilling recipes is this Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa. The creaminess of the avocado and the moist, buttery avocado are a perfect contrast to the tangy lime and spicy jalapeño. The flavors are bold and delicious, yet this healthy meal is only 8 Points + per serving. Pair it with steamed brown rice or quinoa and roasted vegetables for a complete meal.
Peanut Butter and chocolate lovers are going to LOVE today’s Fabulous Food Find. It’s PB2’s new version of powdered peanut butter with premium chocolate for just 1 Points +! Now, I know the idea of peanut butter in powdered form may have you raising an eyebrow…I did too…until I tasted it. 2 tablespoons of the powdered mix, combined with water to create a delicious, creamy and decadent chocolate peanut butter blend. Spread it on toast, fruits, veggies…the possibilities are endless. You can use Chocolate PB2 with just about any other form of liquid, like shakes and smoothies, and you can use it in baking or cooking too. It’s incredibly versatile! And at just 1 Points Plus per serving, Chocolate PB2 is a dream come true.
I usually prefer a lemon juice or vinegar based salad dressing, but somedays, I just need something good and creamy, and this new Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing from Bolthouse Farms is perfect! It’s so creamy, fresh and flavorful, and yet still very low in Weight Watchers Points – each 2 tbsp serving is just 1 Points Plus! And my favorite part is that the ingredients list is all natural, so the taste is pure and delicious. They have tons of other flavors too, most of which I’ve tried, and they are all fantastic. But the Cilantro Avocado and Mango Chipotle are their newest (I haven’t tried the Mango Chipotle yet, but it’s on my grocery list!). If you are looking for a delicious way to smother your greens in creamy, heavenly goodness, then pick up a bottle asap!
I honestly don’t think I’ll ever tire of roasted eggplants and Tahini. The favor combination is incredible and it’s an incredibly healthy dish. Craving more of a meal, I took one of my favorite Weight Watchers Side Dish Recipes and turned it into a wrap with the simple addition of a Flat Out flatbread and some fresh lettuce. It was sooooooo good! And all the fiber made this very filling and satisfying for just 5 Points +. I had one of these Egglant Tahini Wraps with a light spinach salad for lunch and was content until dinner time. This is truly a delicious and easy wrap recipe that I will definitely be making again and again.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to have some family from Israel staying with us for a few weeks over the holidays, and I got to spend a lot of time watching them work magic in the kitchen. My mother-in-law can cook with eggplants like nobody’s business, and I was determined to master her delicious baba ganoush recipe. In case you’ve never heard of baba ganoush, it’s a middle eastern eggplant dip that is one of the most amazing foods I’ve ever had. The base is roasted eggplants, which add a wonderfully smoky flavor, and then it’s blended with tahini paste, mayonnaise, lemon juice and garlic. Traditionally, it’s loaded with mayonnaise and tahini paste which can make it not so Weight Watchers friendly. However, a few tweaks to my mother-in-law’s version, and I created a flipping’ fantastic low calorie baba ganoush for just 1 Points + for a 1/4 cup serving! Use it as a dip for veggies or pita chips, spread it on a sandwich or wrap, or just eat it straight up with a spoon. And it even gets a better flavor sitting in the fridge for a few days. Any way you choose to eat it, I hope you fall in love with this light baba ganoush recipe as much as I have.